The Art Directors Guild has selected director Brad Bird to receive its Cinematic Imagery Award for the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.
Representing over 2,500 professionals in the motion picture and television industry, The Art Directors Guild will hold their annual awards on February 11, 2017. Though this is only the 21st Annual award ceremony, the Art Directors Guild has been around for 80 years, originally founded in 1937 under the name, Society of Motion Picture Art Directors – it was changed to Art Directors Guild in 1998 when the union expanded to include television.
The Art Directors Guild presents the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award to those whose body of work in the film industry has enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience with previous recipients including John Lasseter, Steven Speilberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas – just to name a few.
The ADG is thrilled to recognize the amazing contributions Brad Bird has made to narrative design, while so adeptly creating a visual cinematic legacy for generations to come. The amazing ways Brad and his teams have elevated the production design of animation, and live action, have raised and continue to raise the bar for all visual storytellersADG President Nelson Coates
In the span of his career, Brad Bird has received numerous professional accolades, including critical acclaim for The Iron Giant and two Academy Awards wins for Best Animated Feature Film for The Incredibles and Ratatouille. While Bird ventured into live-action films directing both, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Disney’s Tomorrowland, he maintained a part of Pixar’s senior creative team and contributed to numerous films including Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3. Currently, Brad Bird is working on The Incredibles 2, which is set for a June 15, 2018, release.
The Art Directors Guild will present the Excellence in Production Design Awards on February 11, 2017, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.